A Bobolink’s Carbon Fingerprint

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What happens in South America doesn't stay in South America. Bobolinks now migrating north will unwittingly bring back clues about what they were up to last winter. For the ornithologists working to protect these songbirds, it amounts to "better living through nuclear chemistry" — and better conservation as well.

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Discover Dragonflies During My Summer Seminar

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Pick any scene from the drama of life on Earth: birth, growth, beauty, courtship, reproduction, betrayal, murder. Find them all expressed in the lives of dragonflies. Shakespeare could have written the script for these insects. And now you can join the drama with my summer dragonfly and damselfly seminar near the Maine coast.

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Off Into the Earth’s History

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I'm off into this – the Grand Canyon after a snowstorm. From here in the snow and ice at 7000 feet above sea level on the South Rim, we'll descend a mile in elevation, into the Precambrian and into warmth at the Colorado River.

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Bryan Goes Bohemian

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Okay, Bohemian Waxwings don't really wear black berets and black turtlenecks. Nope, they don't sit in cafes reading Allen Ginsberg's Howl. But they are free spirits, wanderers now visiting the fruits of our flowering crab apples and other ornamental trees. I discussed them on Vermont Public Radio. You can listen.

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Happy Birthday, Charles Darwin

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Today, Darwin Day, we celebrate the 206th birthday of Charles Darwin. We also learn the answer to my twenty-fourth What's This? nature challenge and get a short discourse (from me) on a philosophy of science and history made possible by Darwin.

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Gratitude

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It is with some irony that Ruth Einstein and I use my blog to thank everyone who attended our "Naked in Norway" talk last night in Montpelier. I'm told you were 120 strong — a fine turnout to support North Branch Nature Center. (Everyone stayed fully clothed.)

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